Nigerian Beans and Plantain Porridge

Nigerian Beans, Nigerian Plantain Porridge, Nigerian beans porridge
Nigerian Beans and Plantain Porridge

Nigerian Beans and plantain porridge is a meal made up of ripe plantains and beans. This is tasty dish and has become popular over the years , as most parents have discovered it as a way of getting their kids to eat beans. The addition of the ripe plantains, gives the meal , that sweet taste that kids love so much. Adults also find it palatable…here’s an easy recipe for you.

Nigerian Beans & Plantain Porridge Ingredients

  • 250 gr Beans (brown or black eyed beans)
  • 1 Ripe plantains(peeled and cut into chunks)
  • 1 onion bulb (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoonful ground crayfish1 stock cube
  • 1 cooking -spoonful Red palm oil/stew oil
  • Pepper&Salt to tasteNigerian Beans & Plantain Porridge

Cooking Directions:
1a. First , soak the beans in cold water for about 3 hours or overnight. Discard the water, rinse the beans and strain in a colander or strainer.
Tip: if you want this meal in a jiffy,skip the soaking and cook the beans with 1/5 teaspoon baking soda.

See also  Chocolate heart cake recipe

1b. Cut the plantains, peel of the skin, cut into chunks and set aside.

1c. Grind the crayfish. Chop the onions and pepper and set aside.

2. Place the strained beans into a pot or pressure cooker , pour in some
water, enough to cover the beans(an inch over the beans level). Then
leave to cook until tender, but not too soft.You might need to add more
water, but be careful not to add to much , to avoid having a watery

3. Now add the onions and peeled plantains to the pot. Cook until the plantains are tender.

4. Add the crayfish, stock cubes, palm oil , salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly and leave to simmer for  8 to 10 minutes on low heat. And your Beans and Plantain Porridge is ready.

You can eat it as it is or topped with tomato stew, or simply serve with bread.

By Nky Lily Lete


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  1. Rae A
    November 15, 2021 / 9:09 pm

    So delicious. Can’t wait to make this again!

  2. Anonymous
    May 17, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Enter your comment…I'll try this tomorrow to break my fast! Thank you.

  3. Uchenna Eze
    April 27, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    You just gave me an alternative to akanwu…..baking soda. I rarely eat beans because it causes me to bloat but if I must eat beans, over-ripe plantain is my bet. I go extra mile to add smoked fished…hmmmmm…yummy! Thanks Niky.

  4. Anonymous
    September 10, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Dear Nky Lily Lete, I just tried out beans and plantain porridge and it is super easy to cook. Would you please be so kind and explain how to cook jollof rice- I mess it up every time unfortunately and it is quite difficult to get right the amount of spices to achieve that authentic taste. Many thanks in advance, Anni

  5. Anonymous
    May 15, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Thanks for d direction i am a superstar now in my family thanks to u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 24, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      I'm glad to be of help dearie 🙂

  6. Efficient Ignatius
    April 16, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Pls, what is the work of baking soda in beans preparation?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 10:38 am

      it helps to soften or tenderize the beans faster, just like akaun.

  7. snowhite
    March 23, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Great ! But wnt the shaft com off if I soak it overnight ?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      no it won't come off except you scrub it.

  8. Anonymous
    February 21, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Is it compulsory to add crayfish when making this

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Crayfish is optional but it makes the meal richer and tastier.

  9. Anonymous
    February 10, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    I just made this for my family and it is on point! Thank you very much for the detailed directions. My end result look just like the picture and taste delicious. I'm a STAR tonight.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 12, 2015 / 11:53 am

      I'm glad you all enjoyed it 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    January 29, 2015 / 9:17 am

    Hv not started trying your dishes but I can tell a good meal by the way it is prepared. My question is, why do I need to soak my beans overnight before I cook it.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 5, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      The soaking process helps to soften the beans and cuts down on the cooking time.

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      I won't lie to you, your steps are so confirmed and frosh, I just tried it now, but I used vegetable oil but still owanbe(its delicious). Thumbs up to ya. More grace to your handywork.